Final Project: Tell Me About It

For my final project, I have decided to create a lesson to teach third grade students about opinion writing. A major standard for third grade writing is about building their opinion writing skills.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1.B Provide reasons that support the opinion. 

My goal for this lesson is to have students practice brainstorming for their opinion writing paper and in the end write a paper around their opinion with reason. I will first  utilize Edpuzzle to show them a video of what opinion writing is and what the structure of their paper should look like.

EdPuzzzle:

Next, they will begin the brainstorming process. I will have them brainstorm some ideas that they would want to write about. We would spend some time during class to help them brainstorm ideas and reasons that relate to their opinion. I will send them a google document of some ideas that they can write about but they will have to create their own reason for their viewpoint. Of course, they are free to choose their own opinion topic.

Google Document

Whenever the students are ready, they will fill out a google form which asks them to provide me with what they might want to write about. The questions will help me gain a better sense of what the students know and what they might need help on. It will also give me a sense of what topics they might write about and I can help them revise if necessary.

Google form:

Then after, students will have time to use bubbl.us to create a mind map of the information that they will have had to research about their topic. I have create an example of one for my topic and I will provide them with a blank template so they can easily fill in their own information.

Mind map Guide:

Finally, they will present their final draft by creating a short adobe spark video. This platform is easy to use and customizable . Students will be able to add enough writing to the video that will help me understand their opinion.

Here is my example:

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One Reply to “Final Project: Tell Me About It”

  1. Kali – great lesson!! I love the way you integrated so many different tech apps into your lesson. I have never heard of OREO as a memory device/guide for writing opinion pieces, but I think that’s perfect for 3rd grade . I also liked how you provided a form that left open a spot for self-assessment so you could informally assess students. I also like how you provided ideas for students who might be struggling to solidify what they want to write about and a template to support them in organizing their ideas. Turning their paragraph into a video sounds so fun!

    Your Google Doc embedded small so that it reads one word per line. I’m not sure if there’s a way to fix that or not, but I wanted to let you know! Also, just a suggestion for clarification: in your Google Form when you ask them to state the opinion/topic and say why, maybe talk about why when you ask them to list the reasons? I was slightly confused at first because your example answer did not have a why behind the opinion, but then I saw that the next question had a space for reasons.

    Overall, awesome job! This sounds like a fun lesson and the technology does a good job of enhancing it!

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